Priority areas of research in Dengue and Chikungunya


Basic research

  • Development of diagnostics (including rapid diagnostic kits), vaccines, anti-viral drugs for dengue and chikungunya

  • Pathogenesis of dengue including role of T-cells, host genetics and other indicators related to disease severity

  • Clinical

  • Clinical parameters for diagnosis and management of dengue cases.

  • Pathogenesis of chikungunya and case management

  • Study on clinical profile of chikungunya cases

  • Operational

  • Evaluation of available rapid diagnostics with suitable partners (on priority).

  • Assessment of the current strategies for dengue vector control and to find out the gaps for appropriate Programme interventions.


  • Vector research

  • Vector pathogen interaction to understand transmission dynamics.

  • Vector bionomics to understand the dynamics of transmission.

  • Evidence based sustainable Innovative vector control interventions.

  • Studies on insecticide resistance in vectors.

  • Vector surveillance for dengue outbreak prediction.

  • Epidemiological

  • Changing pattern of epidemiology of dengue.

  • Disease burden of dengue fever/DHF/DHSS.

  • Establishment of a network for the monitoring of the serotype/genotype/lineage of Dengue viruses circulating in India.

  • Socio-behavioral research

  • Communication technology for social mobilization in prevention and control of mosquito breeding and proliferation.

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